Category Archives: Constantinianism

Heartland Evangelicals Enter the Political Octagon

The Family Leader’s mission is to be “a consistent, courageous voice in churches, in the legislature, in the media, in the courtroom, in the public square… always standing for God’s truth .”  Given that lofty description, eyebrows are being raised … Continue reading

Posted in Church and State, Conservatism, Constantinianism, evangelicals, Family, Michele Bachmann, Presidential campaigns | 2 Comments

What Do Bill Maher and A Southern Baptist Pastor Have in Common?

They both think a religious set of beliefs not theirs is enough to disqualify someone for public office. During the 2008 Presidential campaign Bill Maher was interviewed on NPR about his film “Religulous.” Just before the ten minute mark, Teri … Continue reading

Posted in Church and State, Civil religion, Constantinianism, Culture, Mormonism, Presidential campaigns, Southern Baptists | 59 Comments

Doing Justice to Equity

Our old friend Kazooless has been serializing his talk from Hoagies & Stogies: Open Mic Night about the historicity of Theonomist thought throughout the Reformation. The fourth and latest installment has quotes from Calvin, which made me think in a … Continue reading

Posted in Church and State, Confessionalism, Confessions, Constantinianism, Culture War, Quotes, Theonomy, Transformationism | 2 Comments

The Power of Venn

Yes, it’s the season for re-runs, or in this case a re-run of a re-run. Coupled with a post at Stuff Christian Culture Likes which makes the point about how glorified moralism is ill-at-ease with living in the gray, a … Continue reading

Posted in Constantinianism, Culture, Liberty, Mike Horton, Reformed piety, Triadalism, Two-kingdoms | 37 Comments

Of Geese and Ganders

Despite observations like this or this, critics of two-kingdom critiques like to point out how the criticism of church-state confusion is disproportionately weighted against those who conflate political conservatism with Christianity. Evidently, little if anything at all, is said about … Continue reading

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It Cuts Both Ways

Last year, to fill my commute, I listened to Calvin’s Institutes (well, heard may be a better description for much of it), as podcasted by Princeton Seminary’s Year With the Institutes project. This year, I’m listening to Augustine’s City of … Continue reading

Posted in Church and State, Church Fathers, Civil religion, Constantinianism, Two-kingdoms | 4 Comments

Stackhouse Weighs In

Here’s a view of Manhattan from north of the border on a Declaration that seems “strangely useless”: Given the provenance of the document being the American Religious Right, therefore, it will surprise precisely no one that the document declares that … Continue reading

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Watch What You Say…

  They’ll be calling you a radical… Darryl’s Obama point is a good one. But I still find myself partial to how the Constantinian outlook puts one in cahoots with Bill Maher (did someone say radical?). It was Maher who, in … Continue reading

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Jesus Versus Dwight

  A friend passes along a quote from The Soul of the Indian by Charles Eastman. Written in 1911, Eastman, a Sioux Indian and grandson of Chief Cloudman, tries to present true Indian religion. He points out disagreements with Christianity, and why … Continue reading

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A Prosperity By Any Other Name

  It has been noted before that many Reformed, along with the general population of religionists and non-religionists, seem to have the idea that legalism is about substance use and worldly amusement. But in the same way, Reformed also seem … Continue reading

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Wrapped Up In The Flag

To the relative neglect of heeding the gospel call by the Host of heaven on his terms, there are all sorts of felt needs to be met on man’s terms. They range from the trivial and petty to the evolved … Continue reading

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Who Said That?

I myself, then, was the instrument whose services He chose, and esteemed suited for the accomplishment of his will…. through the aid of the divine power I banished and utterly removed every form of evil which prevailed, in the hope … Continue reading

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